Physics 2D, Winter quarter 2011
Lecture topics
Week of Monday Tuesday Wednesday Friday
Jan. 3 Introduction, overview, light
as an electromagnetic wave
Classical Doppler shift,
Newtonian relativity
Special relativity postulates,
time dilation, length contraction
Simultaneity, Lorentz
transformation, examples
Jan. 10 Lorentz velocity
transformation; relativistic momentum
Relativistic acceleration, kinetic
energy, total and rest energy
Causality, space-time interval,
momentum and energy conservation
Quiz 1
Jan. 17 Holiday Fission, fusion Blackbody radiation, Stefan law,
Wien displacement law
Derivation of Planck's law
Jan. 24 Derivation of Wien and Stefan laws
from Planck's law ; Photoelectric effect
X-rays and Compton effect Compton effect, Bragg scattering,
Faraday electrolysis
Quiz 2
Jan. 31 Thomson experiment; Rutherford atom Spectroscopy; Bohr atom Bohr atom Quiz 3
Feb. 7 Franck-Hertz experiment;
de Broglie relations
Davisson-Germer experiment;
wave packets
Phase and group velocity
Heisenberg uncertainty relations
Gaussian wave packet;
zero point motion: hydrogen
atom, harmonic oscillator
Feb. 14 Probabilistic interpretation of the
wave function; double slit experiment
Schrodinger equation in 1 dimension Particle in a box Quiz 4
Feb. 21 Holiday Finite square well; harmonic oscillator Operators, expectation values,
eigenfunctions and eigenvalues
Barriers, tunneling
phenomena; &alpha decay
Feb. 28 Field emission. Quantum mechanics
in 3 dimensions, particle in 3D box
Hydrogen atom Hydrogen atom Quiz 5
March 7 Electron spin Atomic structure Periodic table Review